Recommendations for my first setup
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I'm going to put together my first setup in the next couple weeks. I'm looking for suggestions on all components since I really don't know anything. I'd like to buy a DAC/Amp combo, but I'm open to separate units as well. I'll need it to run headphones, yet to be purchased, as well as small desktop monitors since my PC will be my primary source. Suggestions for all components will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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MaverickAH
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Jan 31, 2020
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A lot will depend on you actual PC setup. If you have a high end PC with a suitably high end audio card, the need for an outboard DAC might be unnecessary. Space requirements might also have to be considered. Also, are you desktop monitors powered? If not, there are other considerations to be made. Getting separates leads to more flexibility & there's no need to spend a lot of money if it's your first setup. I'm currently using a Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC with some powered monitors to great success but my monitor already have a headphone output so no need for me to have a separate headphone amp. If I did need one, something like the Massdrop Objective 2 would be suitable. In actuality, you really should base your selection of an headphone amp around your headphone choice.
Jan 31, 2020
JAZONG
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Jan 31, 2020
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Thanks for the reply. My computer is built for work. No upgraded entertainment peripherals. I've already purchased: The DROP + THX AAA™ 789 LINEAR AMPLIFIER and.. The drop Sennheiser HD6XX and.. The ol-DAC from JDS Labs. https://jdslabs.com/product/ol-dac/ All based on good advice from @rastus Monitors have not yet been purchased. I need something that is small enough for my Versa desk (shown below in both positions) Here is what I'm currently considering. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B075QVMBT9/?coliid=I3I3T9UBBRSB3L&colid=18M62RNUM4I8A&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it If you have other suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Size is more of a concern than price. The speakers in the picture are trash. The right one is physically broken, the bass ratters, and they sound pretty lousy overall. Until a couple days ago they were just sitting in a corner of my office, but it became really hard to hear the CPU speaker, and the cord on my IEMs isn't long enough to reach the jack on the from of my CPU on the floor
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Jan 31, 2020
Alex_Spaz
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Jan 27, 2020
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Check out the MOTU m2. Should cover all your needs.
Jan 27, 2020
pslayer1
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Jan 26, 2020
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For $1000 I'd look at the Focal Elex and the SMSL M500. Tax for these items will push you over the $1k threshold, though. Another good setup can also be the 6XX ($200), SMSL SP200 amp ($300) and you can still get the SMSL M500 ($400) as a super clean setup that will run any headphone.
Jan 26, 2020
JAZONG
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Jan 27, 2020
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Thank you. Would I need, or want both the SP200 and the M500? I'm trying to leave a little room for some decent desktop size speakers/studio monitors.
Jan 27, 2020
pslayer1
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Jan 27, 2020
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It isn't needed at all to get good sound. The SP200 would just be more powerful in case the headroom is wanted/needed. Enjoy the ride
Jan 27, 2020
rastus
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Jan 25, 2020
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Budget, music preferences?
Jan 25, 2020
rastus
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Feb 11, 2020
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Well,, remember my first choice which was Elex/R-2R 11 gd... elsewhere you will see me say the Elex is the best starter headphone... Hard to say for someone else where it gets "good enough", I am currently happy at the "Elex level". Did not mean to mislead, tough to see what others hear...
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Feb 11, 2020
JAZONG
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Feb 11, 2020
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It's been very clear since the beginning of my search for a quality setup that opinions are all over the place, regarding headphones especially. I'm pretty sure most of it is listening preference, which is often left out of reviews, making it hard to judge the subjectivity of the supplies reviews. I think I'm a fairly practice guy so I see 6XX as part of my education. I appreciate the help, and am considering the Elex because it's the first set of cans you recommend. I like the Drop stuff because it narrowes the field to a very manageable window of good options. Also, Drop attracts people like you, and there must be a reason for that. If audiophiles and music lovers alike dig the gear on Drop, I'll follow the lead. Feels like insider info in a way. 😎
Feb 11, 2020